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The Water Cooler – Would You Support A School Voucher Program In California?

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The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.


Today’s question:

QUESTION: Would you support a school voucher program in California?

(School vouchers give parents the freedom to choose a private school for their children, using all or part of the public funding set aside for their child’s education.)

Talk about it….


Sancho Panza April 20, 2022 - 12:09 PM

I would support that 110%! This would create competition amongst the schools, both private/public while strengthening curriculum to focus on the basics: reading, writing, arithmetic and science…

Paul April 20, 2022 - 12:13 PM

Yes! The voucher can be use at any schools (even school run by religious organizations). however, the schools have to follow the state educational guidelines. And the parents can’t use the voucher to enroll theirs kids into schools teach theirs kids the parents’ preferred religious beliefs. In other words, the parents are responsible for paying for theirs children religious education.

Anonymous April 20, 2022 - 2:21 PM

I wholeheartedly disagree. There is no reason religious schools cannot incorporate both secular and non-secular instruction. Catholic schools have done it forever.

Oh, please April 20, 2022 - 4:11 PM

And if they follow the state ed guidelines, they would then be JUST as BAD as the state run schools. So, um, no. That is now what school choice stands for.

Badge1104 April 20, 2022 - 7:51 PM

I agree with you, anonymous and oh please .

Randy April 20, 2022 - 12:14 PM

..absolutely! the sooner the better! ..anything to get MDUSD out of the picture

To Do List April 20, 2022 - 12:17 PM

Yes, I believe in vouchers. Parents should not be forced to pay twice to get an acceptable education for their kids, once through their taxes for an underperforming public school and again for an acceptable one.

Ricardoh April 20, 2022 - 12:26 PM

Probably, but what I would like some school districts to do is hire motivators. If a kid isn’t motivated in the first grade there will be a problem. It would be a great job for professional basketball players.

Pete V. April 20, 2022 - 6:08 PM

Hope just lame attempt to be mildly humorous, if not total clown idea, like it wouldn’t be some additional total cluster-f school bureaucracy populated by an inordinate percentage of weirdo groomers with a built-in excuse for contact with lots of kids.

Ya know whose job it is to be “motivators”? They’re called “parents”, and if they’re not doing the job oh well…we the taxpayers already fund the school breakfast/snack/lunch/dinner scam for the losers who won’t feed THEIR kids, don’t need to add some more BS to fleece the taxpayers.

Ricardoh April 20, 2022 - 8:16 PM

Pete some parents motivate, many in districts that need it don’t. My parents were not motivators but I was motivated by competition with my friends. They tried hard and I had to stay with or beat them. They didn’t know I was competing.
I am talking about successful people the kids would know telling them what they can achieve, while speaking in the classroom. I am not talking about a pervert that the school hires that spends times with individual children. You seem a little bitter. If you look at a lot of the kids getting free lunches it doesn’t look like they are missing a meal. Any way this would be for the children’s benefit not the parents. In the long run if it worked it would benefit the community. Look at the graduation rates at some schools and you can see something has to be done. How many children that were not motivated are now on the public’s’ dime.

T-rex April 20, 2022 - 12:28 PM

If you’re paying school taxes with your property taxes, then yes! You should have the choice of where your money goes as long as you have a child in school.

Pepe April 20, 2022 - 12:42 PM

Yes! It would mean parents that care about making sure their kids get a good education can make sure they do. No matter where they live. Kids that have been stuck in crappy inner city schools will finally have a choice to go to a good school. It’s called freedom. But it will never happen. The teacher’s union and their politicians will never allow it.

Oh, please April 20, 2022 - 4:12 PM

That’s right. The union, admins, and politicians only care about shady schools where they can funnel their kickbacks.

Amy April 20, 2022 - 12:45 PM


Cyn April 20, 2022 - 12:46 PM

Yes, definitely would support that.

The Mamba April 20, 2022 - 12:50 PM

I feel like I don’t know enough about it, but basic economics tells me the private school prices would adjust and there wouldn’t be enough space and teachers to accommodate a massive influx of students. However, if it shakes things up and leads to better outcomes for kids and learning, I’m all for it – because what we have now sucks.

jprcards April 20, 2022 - 1:05 PM

Yes I absolutely would support that!

Unfortunately I’d be willing to bet that it will never happen here.

Tsa April 20, 2022 - 1:07 PM

Definitely YES

Jeff April 20, 2022 - 1:09 PM

Look at one of California’s greatest success stories:

Jerry Brown’s Oakland Military Institute.

Of course teachers unions and progressives hate it.


Oh, please April 20, 2022 - 4:14 PM

It’s a good litmus test. If teacher unions HATE it, then it must be actually supportive of education.

Remus April 20, 2022 - 1:40 PM


Rich April 20, 2022 - 1:44 PM

Also allow the private schools to use the same testing as the state so we can compare apples to apples. I think the teacher’s union would be in fear of vouchers and the same testing for everyone. In other words a good thing for the public.

Dorothy April 20, 2022 - 2:58 PM

No! Public funds for public schools should go to public schools. Private or for profit schools should not be subsidized with public school funds. If people can afford to send their kids to any private schools, including the religious ones, then they already have that right of choice. I don’t want to help them pay for their choice.

Oh, please April 20, 2022 - 4:15 PM

Well, I don’t want to pay for crappy public schools. That is not MY choice. See how that works??? If you want to flush your money down a toilet, more power to you. Those of us who have sense should see some of our massive taxes come back to us for our private schools.

Fed Up April 20, 2022 - 4:38 PM
Silva April 20, 2022 - 9:48 PM

Thank you Dorothy, for seeing the whole picture.

Pepe April 21, 2022 - 8:53 AM

Dorothy, you support the idea of rich and well to do people can afford a quality private education while the poor and working-class kids will have to wallow in corrupted, political, failed public school system? That’s the California thinking for sure.

Nick April 20, 2022 - 3:32 PM

I believe this idea of a school voucher has been on the ballot in SF a couple of times…and both times got defeated by the teachers’ union…

Oh, please April 20, 2022 - 4:16 PM

More people are wise to them now. People have woken up since the union blocked kids from being educated for almost 2 years. Needlessly.

Fed Up April 20, 2022 - 4:41 PM

It’s coming up on the statewide Ballot, so that the money goes with the child, not to the district.

DD April 20, 2022 - 3:48 PM

Seems like a good idea on the surface but I can foresee problems. I think the main draw of private schools is smaller class size (and in theory providing a better learning environment.) A large influx of students would seem to negate that. It would be a similar problem offering free college for all.

Old man April 20, 2022 - 4:01 PM

This would be the greatest thing ever. Those who wanted a good education for their children would have an option.

SF oh April 20, 2022 - 4:01 PM

So then every child will be given a dumbed-down, “equitable” education? Let’s get that gender bender Ed into every kid in the State? No! Parents should have the right to send their kids to a private school if they so choose. Parents who send their kids to private are not only paying the schools tuition but, also, paying for the public schools through taxes. I don’t mind vouchers for local public and charter schools, but I am against denying parents the right to send their child to a religious or other private school of their choice. They’re paying for it – they should be able to do it!

Deb Shay April 20, 2022 - 4:52 PM

Yes, of course. It’s the best and most logical way to force schools and teachers to strive for excellence. It will never happen in CA, though. First, it makes too much sense, and second, the teachers unions are way too powerful. They’d never allow it.

Gititogether April 20, 2022 - 5:17 PM

#1 fix to #1 problem

Cellophane April 20, 2022 - 5:25 PM


The schools here are terrible compared to other states.

43’rd in the nation, or something like that?

People need to be able to educate their children as they deem best.

Let the people decide, not the failed government.

Jojo The Circus Clown April 20, 2022 - 5:56 PM

Home school …

El D April 21, 2022 - 12:18 AM

No. I’m sick of the entitlement mentality. Pay for private schools out of your own pocket. Or do what many parents do. Move to a better school district. If you can’t afford to do either, that’s your fault. Don’t expect the government to bail you out.

bdml April 21, 2022 - 8:08 AM

it would be supported by tax dollar that is literally coming out of the parents pockets. How is that a gov bail out? The simple statement that if you can’t afford a better education you only have access to what is offered to the peasants. Again this is paid by tax dollar not a handout…

Oh, please April 23, 2022 - 4:10 PM

Lol. The entitlement mentality? That ALL should be afforded the right to quality education? THAT is entitlement? Wow. Public schools are not cutting it. You must be a public school teacher with that line of thought…Entitlement is the public schools asking for more money again and again and getting sub-par results.

sam malone April 21, 2022 - 7:43 AM

No this is not necessary and it will be another mis managed and badly run area of the government, DMV, EDD just to name a few.

Each of us has a choice where we educate and where we send out children for schooling. Would the people who do home study be on this program as so many others?

Enough is enough. Stop over burdening the state and local governments and over taxing honest law abiding citizens.

Get the school and other government agency in order before adding yet another item to our over taxed and over worked citizens who continue to work to support all of the people who don’t want to work for whatever their sob story is. The government continues to support free loading and being a nanny nation.

Oh, please April 23, 2022 - 4:12 PM

What are you blithering about???? The public schools keep taxing us because they cannot manage anything correctly. THIS would allow parents to manage funds appropriately for their children and get a better bang for their buck that the public schools. They just flush our money right to the unions and for special funding projects with “diversity” in the name instead of actual academics.

bdml April 21, 2022 - 8:05 AM

YES 100%, the public education systems has failed and the union needs to be abolished. Parents should have options and the choice where and how to educate their children.

The Fearless Spectator April 21, 2022 - 8:45 AM

Sure, and it would hopefully encourage each group to be the best they can be. However it will never happen. The Governor will spend every last dollar to be sure it never happens. He’s owned you know.

Jeff (the other one) April 21, 2022 - 9:48 AM

What they should do is take the state (and fed) out of the school.

Bob Wiley April 21, 2022 - 3:47 PM

Unfortunately the Educational Freedom Act didn’t get enough signatures to be on the ballot this year.

It would be great for parents to have the option to use their own tax money for their own child’s education.

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